Meet the Band

Jahmal Walden

Jahmal Walden

Drums

Jahmal Waldon is a well-rounded drummer from Washington D.C. Growing up in the D.C. area Jahmal was surrounded by many musical talents which helped influence his passion for music and playing the drums; but his biggest musical influence is his dad Jay Waldon who is also his favorite drummer.  Growing up he would watch his dad play on the professional level as he traveled the country and build a name for himself in Washington D.C. 

At the tender age of 5 Jahmal started playing the drums at church, and by the time he was 12 he was playing at local teen clubs and social functions.  He formerly played with the Omaha based band the Disco MC’s.  Jahmal also has three children with his lovely Wife Kellie and calls the Omaha/Bellevue, NE area home.

One thing unique about Jhamal is he is an extremely quick learner who thrives at being busy, and finding additional ways to provide for his family. 

Steve Dallas

Steve Dallas

Guitar

Steve Dallas is the Guitarist for the band “The 402”.  He’s been playing guitar since the age of 13, and his music influences came from radio stations when he lived near Memphis, TN.  He developed a love for blues, r&b, soul, jazz, and rock listening to these stations early in life.

Steve has been living in and out of the Omaha, NE area for 15 years and lived in California for 8 years.  He has opened shows for The Sons of Champlin, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Weird Al, Natalie Cole, Tower of Power, Los Labos, Delbert McClinton, Starship, recorded with Grey and Hanks (album Prime Time) on PCA Records, Alton McClain and Destiny on Polydor Records.  Steve is currently collaborating with 3 time Grammy nominee Roger Smith (Organist with Tower of Power and Dave Mathews Band) on a project.  He is also collaborating with international entertainer Donny Dee on various projects.

Locally Steve has worked with The Shades and Danger (guitar, keyboards for 6 years) and The Mighty Jailbreakers (guitar for 7 years).  He is also seen working with Waterfront Blues, Chad Stoner, and is currently playing with the band The 402 out of Lincoln & Omaha, NE.

In the words of Steve Dallas “I am humbled to work with these incredibly talented musicians in The 402 and would take any stage in the world with them!”

Eddie Brown

Eddie Brown

Lead Male Vocalist

Lead Male Vocalist, Front Man and Manager of “The 402” is Eddie Brown.  Born in Chicago, IL, a stop in Detroit, MI along the way and ultimately raised in Lincoln, NE.  Eddie has been singing and performing since he can remember. From church choirs, to community choirs, show choirs from junior high, high school, and the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s renowned Scarlet & Cream Singers, performing has been at the center of it all.

During and after college he became “The Wedding Singer” over a ten year stretch singing in approximately 100 wedding ceremonies.  Eddie also enjoyed musical theater performing in lead roles at the Lincoln Community Playhouse(LCP) in various shows from “Once Upon This Island”, “The Civil War”, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”, and “Ragtime”. His last show at LCP was in 2003 when he was asked to audition for the Lead Vocalist of a brand new band covering funk and r&b called “D*Funk”.  Eddie enjoyed playing with his D*Funk band family for 10 years, when he decided to step away in October of 2013 to create “The 402”.

Outside of the band Eddie loves his role as a Father to his two beautiful children, where there is never a dull moment around the house.  Eddie is passionate for dancing and dance music which you will see at their show, a healthy competition from board games, shooting pool, playing cards, and his favorite ping pong.
Eddie enjoys cooking his two favorite or should we say ONLY meals of breakfast food featuring his perfect pancakes, and his six year AWARD WINNING CHILI!  BOOM! CHALLENGE HIM!

This guy is extremely hard to sit still, no lack of confidence, and he is blessed to do it all while still being drug and alcohol free.  So if you decide to offer him a drink, make it a Shirley Temple, ON THE ROCKS BABY!

Chas Bogatz

Chas Bogatz

Keyboards

Chas Bogatz hails from Minneapolis, however has found a home in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska.  He currently is a student at the University of Nebraska where he is heavily involved with his fraternity, the school newspaper, academics, and much more.

He’s been playing keys for a college show choir group, solo acts, as well as stepping in for gigs with other students.  He also spent a few semesters creating original music which can be found on Soundcloud and YouTube. 

Away from The 402, he is the Director of Music at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Lincoln, NE and a full-time student.  He intends to graduate in 2017 with a degree in something-or-other!  Something unique about Chas is although he is physically fit, he thoroughly enjoys a great meal and can eat most dudes twice his size under the table. 

Brittany Gondringer

Brittany Gondringer

Lead Vocalist

Brittany is a Senior pursuing a Bachelor’s  of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  At the university she is extremely involved with music consisting of: 4 year member of the show choir, “Big Red Singers” as well as a member of the only Co-ed acapella group, “Pitch, Please!” for which she serves as President. 

When she’s not on the stage or in class, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and Fiance.  Currently she is spending lots of time planning for her upcoming wedding for fall of 2015.  She is a HUGE animal lover and cherishes her cat and dog dearly  which serve as her kids for now!  When she needs some “me time”, she most likely can be found creating a DIY craft or jogging with her dog, Piper.

Greg Bowie

Greg Bowie

Bass Guitar

Greg Bowie started playing the Bass Guitar on his 12th birthday, it was a present from his father and has he’s been playing ever since for 40 years.  Through that time he has had the honor of playing with various local and national artist including: The ETC Band, The Confidentials, The Last Few, Hip 2 Hip, R­Style, Rhythm City, Little Joe, Lafayette Reed, The Chad Stoner Band and The Unit.

You can hear his bass playing on recordings by Lafayette Reed, The Last Few and The Unit.

Through the years Greg has played with groups that have opened up for: Al Jarreau, Norman Brown, Gail Edwards, Cameo, One Wau Featuring Al Hudson, Lahla Hathaway, Mike Phillips, Brian Culbertson, Bootsy Collins, CoCo Montana and many more.  Bowie has performed with Buddy Miles, Lahla Hathaway, with whom The Last Few has a track featuring her vocals, Violinist Daniel D, and Saxophonist Dante’ Lewis. 

Through music and playing the Bass Guitar, Greg has been able to do a lot of traveling including: South Korea, The Phillipines, Okanowa, Hawaii, Japan, Canada, and all over the United States. 

Greg has also had the honor of playing at local churches: Greater St Paul, Salem Baptist Church and now Tabernacle Of Faith in Omaha, NE.

Bowie loves playing music, having a good conversation with friends, a healthy debate and is deeply passionate for cultivating lawns.